With the aim of fostering the talent and professional development of health research professionals in the field of advanced therapies several training and mobility programmes are currently underway. As a result of these programmes, technicians are expected to qualify in the manufacturing of advanced therapy medicinal products, researchers will gain easier access to first class centres in which they will be able to expand their knowledge and learn new techniques, clinical researchers’ knowledge concerning the requirements for the development of clinical trials will be improved and, finally, the critical mass of researchers in the advanced therapy field will progressively increase by attracting talent, incorporating technicians and strengthening the adoption of young researchers into the system. The Coordination Unit of the Andalusian Network for the design and translation of Advanced Therapies, with the collaboration of several institutions among them the ISCT, is carrying out different actions in accordance with the strategic objectives set out in its Strategic and Action Plan:

  • Training professionals in the areas of manufacturing and quality control of advanced therapy medicinal products.
  • Facilitating training of researchers in advanced therapies.
  • Favouring the mobility of researchers.

masterDue to the difficulty in finding professionals who have sound-training in the technologies related to cell therapy, gene therapy and tissue engineering, and who, at the same time, have a thorough grounding in the regulatory aspects concerning the development of these types of products as well as the necessary requirements to work in GMP laboratories, the Coordination Unit of the former Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies, currently, Andalusian Network for the design and translation of Advanced Therapies launched a training programme in the manufacturing of advanced therapy medicinal products in 2009. From 2010, thanks to the collaboration of the University of Granada, this programme attained “Master Degree” recognition and, since 2012 it has been offered in English with a focus on not only national but also international students.



The online course on Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), organized by the Andalusian Network for the design and translation of Advanced Therapies with the collaboration of Mr. Joaquim Vives Armengol, R&D Director in XCELIA- Blood and Tissue Bank (Barcelona), is aimed at professionals, technicians of laboratory (either biological, chemical, physicochemical, microbiological or clinical) or scientific research managers who wish to gain theoretical concepts of how an experimentation under this quality system is carried out.



The online course on “Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice, organized by the Coordination Unit of the Andalusian Network for the design and translation of Advanced Therapies with the collaboration of the Progress and Health Foundation, and the Cádiz Foundation, is intended for Healthcare professionals who participate, or want to participate, in clinical trials. This participation in clinical trials could be as principal researcher, collaborating researcher, healthcare professional - not doctors - who are involved in any position concerning the clinical trial, such as a sponsor or non-healthcare professional in charge of the management of clinical trials.


normativaThe online course of Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use is aimed at professionals who wish to either participate or be in contact with the distribution of medicinal products chain: manufacturers, distributors, chemist’s shops. The main objective of this course is to provide participants with the adequate knowledge and training regarding the international and national guidelines for Good Distribution Practice (GDP) to ensure the security of the medicinal products within the supply chain (laboratory-distribution-chemist’s) and the adequacy to the current Regulation of all agents concerned.


Since 2008, the Regional Ministry of Health and Families has promoted mobility programmes comprising two years’ post-doctoral specialization abroad with their subsequent incorporation into some of the health and/or research centres working in this knowledge field.

Researchers accepted on these mobility programmes are selected through calls published on the Progress and Health Foundation website


"The Andalusian Network for the design and translation of Advanced Therapies together with the University of Granada established one of the best programmes to learn about ATMPs and the basics of GMP. The tutoring is very interactive not only during practical phase but also in the online-based theoretical sections. You will not miss classes. The programme offers a great chance to get into contact with other people working in ATMP and GMP sectors and to build up networks throughout Europe. You have the chance to exchange experiences with experienced tutors and lecturers, also in regulatory aspects. In addition to learn and be trained, it is really easy to socialize in the sunny area of Andalusia with all its historical sights in the beautiful old city centre of Granada".

Andy Römhild, PhD,
Head of Production
Laboratory of Experimental and Applied Cell Therapy
Berlin-Brandenburg Center of Regenerative Therapies Charité
Berlin, Germany